Jury selection to begin for 2nd man charged in Cady Way slayings

Published On: Jul 22 2013 06:00:26 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2013 12:55:52 PM EDT

Jury selection begins on Monday in the trial for the man charged in the slayings of two Winter Park High School teens.

Hector Rodriguez, 32, one of two men charged in the slayings of 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart -- along the Cady Way Trail on April 15. Jesse Davis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison in November 2012.

Lawyers struck three of seven potential jurors at selection on Monday. They are searching for 12 jurors and 4 alternate jurors.

Rodriguez rejected a plea deal on Friday of second-degree murder charges and 30 years of prison.

Rodriguez faces a maximum of six consecutive life sentences in the case.

Davis, who pleaded guilty to the teens' murders, was recently moved back to the Orange County Jail from prison. The move is a result of a court order and it appears may be a preparation for Davis to testify in the trial.

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